Did you know that lighthouses symbolize adversity and overcoming challenges or guidance? It’s most commonly used to symbolize a way forward and help in navigating through the world.
It’s so appropriate that we visited a historic lighthouse last weekend because lately I’ve been feeling like I need a little guidance.
Nothing like fresh air, some sunshine and being one with nature to put things back in perspective.
Whenever I feel down or when I’m in a rut, being outdoors is like therapy for me. I’m a stay at home mom which I’m still adjusting to because all I’ve known the majority of my life was to get up in the morning, get ready and go to work. Now that my “job” is in the home, I have to make a conscious effort to get outside everyday and do something for myself. Whether that’s going to Starbucks and working on this blog or going for a 30 minute walk.
It does wonders for the soul.
In a previous post I mentioned that I suffered from high blood pressure after having Emilia so I have to be very aware of what raises it and how to maintain it at a good level. A physician told me once that a 30 minute walk can lower blood pressure by 12%. That’s it…30 minutes!
I love being at home with my baby and being able to attend all of Gabriel’s school functions and extra curricular activities. I feel extremely fortunate that I am in a position where I can do that. But sometimes I need something just for myself. We all need that.
I started this blog as a way to express my creative side as well as encourage other families to get out and be adventurous together, with their kids in tow (as hard as that is at times, trust me, I know!)
Writing about my life has become therapeutic and has enabled me to learn aspects of myself that I never even knew I had. For example, I was never a very creative person, or so I thought, but more and more I’m learning to exercise that part of my brain. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you really put your mind to it. Now I’m super excited every day to write a blog post or come up with ideas that I want to share with the world. Not a single person may ever read it, or maybe tons of people may read it. Either way I’m able to express myself in a creative way and if I help others along the way, that’s a huge plus.
I want my kids to see me passionate about other things besides them. I think it’s important for kids to see their parents excited about what they do, no matter what that is. I watch them as they watch me; they’re always watching! And so hopefully my actions and habits will rub off on them one day when they find their true passions in life.
We all have those moments where you feel a little down and question what it is you’re doing. It can be a total buzz kill. But that’s life! It’s not always sunshine and roses. What’s important is how you work through those feelings. Happiness is in the journey, not the destination (or something like that).
What gets you out of your rut? Do you have a particular activity that you love or something that ignites the fire inside you? Leave me a comment below! I’d love to hear from you!
Emily Tolentino says
Hi Barb, just like you , in my younger years, I am a stay at home mom for a few years .. I nhad the three children in succession and in those years ( five ) to be exact, after negating a promotion in the career I am educted for, … I embraced the transition not because of some lofty reason but out of necessity.. baby sitting ..
But those five years had been the most fruitful and rewarding years of my life. It gave birth to two companies, a new me.. confident, compassionate and meaningful to others, and three human biengs who shares the passion and love of their dad for life. This is sharing a little snippets of my delight .. the rest, I call my journey in my life, I will not bore you.. but there is this mantra I often tell my granddaughters during our dinner conversations… “That even at 72 years I can always learn something new every day “, hopefully, they seek things that are meaningful not just for them but for other people and the world at large.
Barbara Dionicio says
Thank you so much for reading my blog post and sharing a little bit of your life. It’s truly inspiring to me and I hope to instill that same mantra to my kids also. Never stop learning. 🙂